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i am looking for any information on how to fish the red lake river in crookston area for walleye and and northern primarily, not much into catfish, thinking below the old ottertail dam area, What types of baits, bobber fish with a minnow or, not looking for anyone's hot spots just looking for some ideas so we can catch a few fish for the frying and so my youngest can hopefully get into the sport. We are going opening day and will be shore fishing I am new to the this and am looking forward to getting out this year.

thank you for your help

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Right in Crookston there used to be a pretty good sized low head dam. They've removed it quite a number of years ago, and replaced it with a rip-rap dam.

Just below this area you can find good fishing for walleyes, catfish, and a pike here and there. Just a good ole' jig and a minnow bounced along the bottom, pitching small shallow running crankbaits, or perhaps just soaking a nightcrawler or minnow on a floating jighead will work well for walleyes and catfish.

If you've got a small boat you could drop it in at the public landing just a half mile or so north of the Crystal Sugar Beet Plant, along the river out there.

Welcome to the forum. Good luck to you. Please keep a sharp eye on your little guy though. The river is clipping along at a pretty fair pace, and there's a LOT of stuff to slip and trip on along the river's edge.

There's a couple other guys on here that fish that area more then I do. Maybe they'll chime in after a bit?

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thank you for the information sam, greatly appreciate it just want to hit some open water went to maple last Friday few crappies and bluegills, darn wind wand bad

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  • 6 years later...

So right below the dam right in town by maple Park? I'm in the area for work and looking to find a good walleye area and I saw your response. Would the red lake river be better than say driving to maple lake?

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